Ballet Tennessee executive director Barry VanCura has died, according to a statement on the organization's website.
A message posted on Ballet Tennessee's website states: "It is with great sadness and disbelief we must inform you of the passing of Barry VanCura. Arrangements will be posted as they are made. The family asks for privacy during this time of grief."
The message also says classes are canceled this week.
Friends and current and former students are mourning and remembering VanCura on Facebook.
See more in Sunday's Times Free Press.